Dry, Cracked Feet: What You Should Do

During this time of year, it’s not uncommon to experience dry, cracked feet. This condition can be quite painful, as in some cases the skin can crack so much it bleeds, particularly on the heel of the foot. A podiatrist, like the ones at Triad Foot Center, can get to the root of what might be causing such dry skin, but there are a few preventative steps you can take at home to prevent painfully cracked feet.

Foot soaks and scrubs go a long way in preventing cracked heels. There are a plethora of homemade remedies that can soften dry skin, including soaks with milk and scrubs with sugar and almond oil. The key is making time for regular soaking and scrubbing. Make this a part of your routine every week, preferably at night. After your soak or scrub, apply a generous amount of specialized foot cream to the feet, and cover with socks to lock in moisture while you sleep. Specialists here at Triad Foot Center can help get you on the right topical treatment. Super rich moisturizers and gels are available both over the counter and by prescription, and should be applied daily.

It may sound basic, but drinking more water can combat dryness. Many individuals don’t know they aren’t drinking enough water, which affects the body in a variety of negative ways. Dry skin is a particularly common side effect. Avoid open-heeled or high-heeled shoes, as these can make cracked feet drier. Instead, wear breathable shoes with cotton socks. Lastly, if your budget allows, get regular pedicures from a reputable, sanitary establishment. These service providers can help with safe filing and smoothing of rough, dry skin. Visit your podiatrist regularly to ensure that any foot conditions are properly diagnosed and treated.

Triad Foot Center offers three convenient locations in Asheboro, Greensboro, and Burlington.  Click here to request an appointment!